Good morning!

This weekend was the big race! Holy cow do I have some stories to tell you. I’m sure you saw all my pictures already on Instagram, but I have to put all my thoughts together for a recap post later this week.

Lets just say the name of the challenge is spot on.

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A few weeks ago a rep from Swanson Health Products contacted me about their 45th Anniversary.

They are a family owned business that sells vitamins, supplements, healthy foods and natural beauty products. They offer their own line of products as well as hundreds of other companies.

Seriously, they have a TON of different options to buy online.

They graciously gave me the chance to try out several different products of my choice.

I’m like a kid in a candy store when it comes to new healthy items so here’s what I ordered and what each item is good for. (All information is from Swanson’s product descriptions.)

Organic Maca Powder: The legendary Incan staple root maca is so potent that just a small amount of our Certified Organic Maca Powder turns any ordinary food into a superfood rich in energy-producing nutrition. Maca has a very mild, slightly nutty taste that doesn’t interfere with other flavors. Our Certified Organic Maca Powder can be added to smoothies or blended with flour for use in recipes of all kinds. One scoop delivers 3 grams of dietary fiber and just 15 calories.

Organic Goji Berries & Organic Goji Powder: Sun-dried to perfection, Navitas Naturals Goji Berries are 100% pure, certified organic, kosher, vegan and raw. The goji berry is a natural source of many nutrients. It is a vegetarian form of protein and delivers essential amino acids, vitamin A and vitamin C. Goji berries feature over 20 trace minerals and vitamins including zinc, iron, phosphorus, riboflavin (B2), vitamin E and carotenoids like beta-carotene. Try Navitas Naturals Goji Berries in smoothies, teas, granola, oatmeal, yogurt and salads.

Organic Brown Rice Syrup: NOW Foods Brown Rice Syrup is a natural sweetener with a mild, buttery flavor and a delicate sweetness that makes it ideal for use in baking and desserts. Unlike simple sugars, such as monosaccharides and disaccharides, Brown Rice Syrup is a polysaccharide, or a complex sugar. The unique structure of complex sugars allows them to be absorbed and broken down more slowly than simple sugars, avoiding rapid spikes in blood glucose. Slower absorption also allows the body to utilize complex sugars for energy instead of having to store them as fat for later use. Brown Rice Syrup is made by fermenting brown rice with special enzymes that break down the natural starch content of the rice. This process produces a translucent syrup that’s an excellent alternative to white and brown sugar.

Carob Powder: The mild sweetness of carob powder is due to the naturally occurring sugars in the carob. Carob (Ceratonia siliqua) or St. John’s Bread comes from the pods of an evergreen tree native to the Eastern Mediterranean area. Unlike cocoa beans, Carob Powder doesn’t contain the stimulant theobromine and has significantly less fat. Can be used as a substitute for cocoa powder in milk and baking recipes.

Organic Rooibos Tea: Rooibos, also called “Red Tea,” is a traditional South African herbal tea with a slightly sweet and nutty flavor. Our 100% Certified Organic Rooibos Red Tea is caffeine free and is said to feature valuable antioxidants. Rooibos is gaining increasing popularity thanks to its potential benefits and its distinct flavor, which many people enjoy as an alternative to coffee or conventional black teas.

Organic Cacao Sweet Nibs: Cacao brings a rich supply of antioxidants and is known to be one of the highest dietary sources of magnesium. The chocolate flavor is enhanced by lightly coating the nibs with organic cacao liquor and cane juice, making these even a great snack right out of the bag. Certified organic, kosher, vegan and raw.

I made a delicious wholesome breakfast with two of the ingredients above.

Goji and Carob Powder Pr{oat}meal
Serves 1

Ingredients:
- 1/2 cup oats
- 1 cup water
- 1/2 cup liquid egg whites
- 10 drops liquid stevia
- 1 tbsp carob powder
- 2 tbsp goji berries
- any other toppings you want

Directions:
1. Put oats and water in a small pot. Place over medium-high heat and cook until it boils.
2. Stir in egg whites. Stir continuously so you don’t cook the egg whites entirely.
3. Cook until desired thickness then remove from heat immediately.
4. Add it to a bowl, stir in liquid stevia and carob powder, goji berries, and/or whatever other toppings you wish.

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Hey friends!

My schedule is jam packed today, but I wanted to make sure to give you the recipe I made last night in case you wanted to try it this weekend.

Fact: I’ve never ever been a fan of bacon. I love the smell of it being cooked but hate the taste and the idea of it. My husband loves it. Like a lot.

So last night I wanted to make a dinner that included both our tastes.

I thought it was pretty darn good. Hubs: “It could use more bacon.” ha! Of course it could.

I even took Gavin’s portion and pulsed it in the food processor a few times so he could enjoy it too. He loved it! So much flavor!

ps.. the challenge is tomorrow.

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t super nervous.

Wish me luck.

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Chicken, Bacon and Rice Skillet
Serves 4

Ingredients:
- 2 cups instant white rice
- 2 cups + 2 tbsp chicken broth
- 4 slices thick cut bacon
- 1lb chicken tenders, chopped into bite size pieces
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- salt and pepper

Directions:
1. Preheat a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once warmed, add bacon to pan and cook to desired crispness.
2. Preheat a separate large skillet over medium heat. Once warmed, add the olive oil to the pan, then the onion.
3. Saute the onion until slightly brown then add the chicken to the pan and bring the heat up to medium-high. Continue cooking until the meat is cooked through. (about 5-8 minutes)
4. While the chicken is cooking, prepare your rice. Add the chicken broth to a pan and bring to a boil. Stir in the rice, cover, and remove from heat. Let it sit for 5 minutes.
5. Remove your bacon from the skillet and dab off any excess grease. Cut into bite size pieces and add to the skillet with the chicken/onion. Continue cooking on medium-high for another minute then reduce to low.
6. Once the rice is done, add it to the chicken skillet and stir until everything is mixed. Add salt and pepper to taste. (note – you don’t need much salt since the bacon is already salty)

Enjoy!

Macros:
370 calories
10g fat
40g carbs
2g fiber
2g sugar
27g protein

*I used organic for everything possible, but use whatever your heart desires :)

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